Environmental Planning Internship

Christine Whalen Intern 003The Otsego County Conservation Association (OCCA) is pleased to announce an internship opportunity in environmental planning.  This internship may be available for college credit based on your college’s requirements and approval.

Environmental Planning Interns with OCCA will learn how to track policy issues pertaining to water quality, energy policy, land use, waste management, biodiversity protection at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as develop and compile research on environmental policy issues, attend public meetings, and potentially work on projects in coordination other organizations.

Environmental Planning Internship

Otsego County Conservation Association, 7207 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326 (Mohican Farm, corner of Allen Lake Road)

Semester, Ongoing: Spring, Fall

Time Requirements:
Spring or Fall: 8-10 hours per week for 15 weeks
Some weekend and/or evening work required.

Suggested Major(s):
Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Geography, Biology, Economics or other applicable fields.

Number of Openings:
1 per semester (depending on current needs and funding levels)

This internship will consist of a variety of substantive assignments which may include: research, policy tracking, writing, GIS work, environmental review and a policy brief (to be determined by the Environmental Planner and the intern). OCCA’s current work focuses on: watershed planning, farmland protection, waste management, invasive species management, SEQR review and energy policy. The intern will be responsible for the following tasks (in declining order of priority): (1) monitoring and tracking relevant environmental policy developments; (2) drafting of documents; (3) basic environmental review; and (4) conducting basic environmental policy research to supplement projects being worked on by the Environmental Planner.

GPA of 3.0 or higher; demonstrated research, writing, and communication skills; interest in environmental protection/planning, and learning about the policy process; enthusiasm, and willingness to tackle new projects.

Stipend: Up to $1,000 (contingent upon funding)

Offline Application Procedure: Send resume and cover letter to Danny Lapin, Environmental Planner, planner@occainfo.org or mail to Danny Lapin, OCCA, PO Box 931, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Online Application Procedure: Complete the form below, upload files for cover letter and resume and submit.

Environmental Planning Internship - Applicant Information



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